[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 51, 2017 (December 18th – December 24th) [Top 50]

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Week 51 is by far the biggest week of the year when it comes to video games sales in Japan, and it clearly shows in the Top 20 from Media Create.

But before we delve into that, let’s take a look at new releases, starting with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition. It’s off to a surprisingly decent debut, with 16 011 units sold: that’s 5 times what One Piece Unlimited World: Red – Deluxe Edition sold at launch. We don’t know how it’s going to sell in the long run yet, but at the very laast, it’s off to a better start than the previous One Piece game on Nintendo Switch.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch version of Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings didn’t even chart, which means it sold less than 15 916 units (that’s what the game at #20 sold this week).

As mentioned above, Week 51 is by far the biggest week of the year for video games sales in Japan, and the various Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games in the Top 20 are proofs of that. Nintendo was denied a full Top 10… if not for that pesky Idolmaster at #10, which sold about 700 units more!

Super Mario Odyssey climbed back to #1 with 209 630 units sold (+57%). It already passed the 1 million milestone last week, and it looks more than ready to tackle the next one: 1.5 million units. Depending on how it sells during Week 52, it could very well reach that during Week 1. It would need to sell an average of 104 000 units to do so.

The real surprise of the week is Yo-kai Watch Busters 2, which sold extremely well during its second week (after its disappointing debut). 184 739 units sold means sales only dropped by 11%: that’s extremely unusual for the vast majority of games. Of course, the game was helped by the fact that it came out just before the biggest week of the year for video games sales, but such a low drop is still remarkable.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely it will sell in the long run like its predecessor did: the Yo-kai Watch series is not as popular as it used to be, and the Nintendo 3DS isn’t going to sell well next year, after all. It will at least be able to reach 500 000 units LTD.

Next, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It sales for this week are as follows:

  • stand-alone: 176 789 units (+49%) / 1 345 962 units since launch
  • dual-pack: 17 679 units this week (+46%), 35 358 units if counted as two units / 319 945 units since launch, 639 890 units if counted as two units
  • combined: 194 468 units this week, 212 147 units if dual-pack counted as two units / 1 665 907 units since launch, 1 985 852 units if dual-pack is counted as two units.

Those are pretty good sales for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which has already sold 2 million units if you add digital sales. Now it remains to be seen how it will sell throughout 2018, which promises to be a rather “brutal” year for anything Nintendo 3DS (Hardware and Software). While 3 million units seems highly unlikely, 2.5 million units seems like a good goal for LTD sales.

As for Splatoon 2, its sales nearly doubled with 137 607 units sold: that’s +95% in a single week… thanks, Christmas! Based on the expected sales trajectory (drop for Week 52, increase for Week 1 but lower sales than Week 51 by a wide margin), we can safely expect Splatoon 2 to reach 2 million units sold in early January.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had an even better increase in sales, with 100 205 units sold this week: that’s +98%! Thanks to those strong sales, the game has now sold over 1 million units, and it’s unlikely to slow down any time soon. While it’s way too early to say it’s going to reach 2 million units LTD for sure (that would depend on when the next entry is announced), it definitely doesn’t seem that farfetched anymore…

Meanwhile, Kirby: Battle Royale has a lower increase week on week increase, but it still enjoyed strong sales with 42 796 units sold (+70%). It’s now sold over 100 000 units (115 324 units to be precise), and it does look like it will end up close to 200 000 units LTD… not bad for a spin-off!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is another game that enjoyed strong sales during Christmas week (+83%!), and that follows months of steady sales. It sold 35 565 units during Week 51, and 738 028 units since launch… and that’s only on Nintendo Switch, and without taking into account digital sales on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U. It’s going to end as the second best-selling Zelda game in Japan… not bad!

Believe it or not, the game that benefitted the most from Christmas is none other than… Pokkén Tournament DX! It sold 27 053 units this week: that’s a 143% increase over Week 50 sales… quite impressive!

This certainly bodes well for the future of the Pokémon series on Nintendo Switch, because if an enhanced port of a spin-off can sell that much (it’s going to outsell the Wii U version soon), a brand new mainline entry will have no trouble selling several millions.

Finally, we have ARMS at #9 with 25 285 units sold. That’s another game that greatly benefited from Christmas, with +136% in sales. It will reach 300 000 units sold by next week, which is a great result for a brand new IP (and a fighting game to boot). It will be interesting to see how this game sells throughout 2018, especially now that Nintendo has announced the end of additional content for it.

Next, let’s take a look at how games in the second half of the Top 20 are faring:

  • 11./21. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) – 23.156 / 328.694. Another game that benefited from the holiday boost, which allowed it to finally makes a comeback in the Top 20. Believe it or not, it’s already sold over 300 000 units!
  • 12./14. [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star (Nintendo) – 21.321 / 105.557 (+58%). As expected, this one was pretty popular during the holiday season, and it did reach 100 000 units in the end… and it’s not done selling. It should be able to sell at least 150 000 units LTD;
  • 15./17. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) – 18.019 / 336.543 (+50%). It’s going to reach 350 000 units LTD in early January, which is an impressive result for the second re-release of a game from 2012;
  • 16./20. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? (Nippon Columbia) – 17.769 / 110.355 (+76%). If there’s one word to describe the holiday sales of the Sumikko Gurashi series on Nintendo 3DS, it’s “incredibly consistent”;
  • 20./27. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) – 15.916 / 89.161. At this rate, it definitely wouldn’t be surprising if it ended up outselling the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./02. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 209.630 / 1.292.281 (+57%)
02./01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword / Magnum <ACT> (Level 5) {2017.12.16} (¥4.800) – 184.739 / 393.279 (-11%)
03./03. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 176.789 / 1.345.962 (+49%)
04./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 137.607 / 1.668.466 (+95%)
05./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 100.205 / 1.045.438 (+98%)
06./08. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} (¥4.980) – 42.796 / 115.324 (+70%)
07./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 35.565 / 738.026 (+83%)
08./18. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 27.053 / 177.835 (+143%)
09./19. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 25.285 / 297.491 (+136%)
10./00. [PS4] The Idolm@ster: Stella Stage # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} (¥8.200) – 23.772 / NEW
11./21. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 23.156 / 328.694
12./14. [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.11.02} (¥4.980) – 21.321 / 105.557 (+58%)
13./00. [PS4] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings # <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥7.300) – 21.129 / NEW
14./06. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 <ACT> (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800) – 20.536 / 164.944 (-38%)
15./17. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 18.019 / 336.543 (+50%)
16./20. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 17.769 / 110.355 (+76%)
17./15. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer’s Dual Pack {Pokemon Ultra Sun \ Pokemon Ultra Moon} <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥9.960) – 17.679 / 319.945 (+46%)
18./00. [PS4] Okami HD # <ADV> (Capcom) {2017.12.21} (¥2.990) – 16.536 / NEW
19./00. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} (¥5.800) – 16.011 / NEW
20./27. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) – 15.916 / 89.161
21./23. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
22./16. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # <RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980)
23./07. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami 2 # <ADV> (Sega) {2017.12.07} (¥7.590)
24./32. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
25./00. [3DS] Medabots Classics: 20th Anniversary Edition {Medabots: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 2: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 3: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 4: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Metabee Ver. \ Medabots: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 2: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 3: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 4: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Rokusho Ver.} <RPG> (Imagineer) {2017.12.21} (¥12.000)
26./00. [PS4] A-Train Exp. <SLG> (Artdink) {2017.12.21} (¥7.800)
27./25. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700)
28./28. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400)
29./26. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
30./22. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} (¥7.900)
31./29. [3DS] Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.11.30} (¥5.980)
32./33. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! <PZL> (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} (¥3.280)
33./31. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers <RPG> (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800)
34./30. [3DS] Beyblade Burst: God <RPG> (FuRyu) {2017.11.23} (¥5.980)
35./00. [PSV] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings # <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥6.300)
36./40. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700)
37./35. [PS4] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.26} (¥6.100)
38./00. [3DS] Medabots Classics: Metabee Ver. / Rokusho Ver. <Medabots: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 2: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 3: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 4: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Metabee Ver.> / <Medabots: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 2: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 3: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 4: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Rokusho Ver.> <RPG> (Imagineer) {2017.12.21} (¥4.800)
39./00. [PSV] La Corda d’Oro 2ff # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥6.800)
40./00. [NSW] Super Bomberman R <ACT> (Konami) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
41./00. [NSW] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings # <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥7.300)
42./12. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages+ <SLG> (Marvelous) {2017.12.14} (¥3.980)
43./42. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. # <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.08.25} (¥5.800)
44./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Gold Edition <Resident Evil 7: biohazard \ Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Banned Footage Vol.1 \ Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Banned Footage Vol.2 \ Resident Evil 7: biohazard – End of Zoe \ Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Not a Hero> <ADV> (Capcom) {2017.12.14} (¥4.990)
45./00. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600)
46./38. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600)
47./45. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.200)
48./37. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II # <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} (¥7.800)
49./46. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions <RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} (¥4.980)
50./47. [3DS] Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! # <ACT> (Takara Tomy) {2017.10.26} (¥5.500)

Media Create Software Week 51 2017

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 9
3DS – 7
PS4 – 4

Media Create – Hardware

This week again, Nintendo Switch sales increased, but not as much as you’d expect for such an important week. The reason for that is pretty simple: Nintendo didn’t ship enough units to retailers. Granted, the company did increase shipments (as promised), but as usual, it was nowhere near the required amounts to meet demand.

After all, it’s not just Nintendo Switch shipments that increased… demand also did, and not by a small margin (it’s Christmas after all). All and all, Nintendo managed to ship 269 684 units for Christmas week: that’s the biggest week for the console since launch!

It will be interesting to see sales/shipments for Week 52, and more importantly Week 1. A drop is expected for the former, due to the simple fact there’s nothing special happening in Week 52: Christmas is over, and New Year is in Week 1. There’s no public holiday or anything, either.

Naturally, demand for the Nintendo Switch isn’t going to drop off a cliff, but Nintendo might be tempted to focus its shipments on Week 1 instead. if shipments don’t drop too hard during Week 52, then that would be a positive sign for Week 1.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, sales did increase this week, but as expected, they did not reach 100 000 units. The handheld sold about 80 000 units, which is a respectable result given how saturated the Nintendo 3DS market is. As comparison, the Nintendo 3DS sold about 176 000 units during the same week, last year!

The Nintendo 3DS will end 2017 with over 1.6 million units: a good performance, but below 2016 sales. As mentioned previously, it’s mainly during the second half of the year (to be more precise, from September onwards) that sales started lagging, and it quickly became apparent the handheld would end the year with a drop in sales compared to 2016. At the very least, the drop isn’t nearly as bad as you’d expect for its 7th year on the market!

Finally, the Wii U sold 98 units this week.

Famitsu sales

01./02. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 189.260 / 1.245.066 <80-100%> (+72%)
02./03. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 171.151 / 1.944.742 <80-100%> (+83%)
03./01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword / Magnum <ACT> (Level 5) {2017.12.16} (¥4.800) – 147.754 / 364.056 <60-80%> (-32%)
04./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 132.886 / 1.671.970 <80-100%> (+98%)
05./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 123.096 / 1.014.711 <80-100%> (+143%)
06./09. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} (¥4.980) – 43.391 / 112.010 <60-80%> (+101%)
07./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 36.216 / 660.009 <80-100%> (+108%)
08./00. [PS4] The Idolm@ster: Stella Stage # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} (¥8.200) – 27.030 / NEW <60-80%>
09./00. [3DS] Medabots Classics: Metabee Ver. / Rokusho Ver. <Medabots: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 2: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 3: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 4: Metabee Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Metabee Ver.> / <Medabots: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 2: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 3: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 4: Rokusho Ver. \ Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei – Rokusho Ver.> # <RPG> (Imagineer) {2017.12.21} (¥4.800) – 25.223 / NEW <60-80%>
10./17. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 23.787 / 165.466 <80-100%> (+146%)
11./20. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 23.202 / 271.801 <80-100%> (+180%)
12./18. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 23.025 / 277.902 <80-100%> (+146%)
13./00. [PS4] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings # <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥7.300) – 22.996 / NEW <60-80%>
14./14. [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.11.02} (¥4.980) – 21.314 / 103.097 <60-80%> (+95%)
15./06. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 <ACT> (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800) – 17.991 / 174.222 <80-100%> (-40%)
16./16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 16.457 / 311.664 <80-100%> (+68%)
17./23. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) – 15.520 / 84.126 <80-100%> (+155%)
18./07. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami 2 # <ADV> (Sega) {2017.12.07} (¥7.590) – 14.329 / 169.522 <80-100%> (-49%)
19./00. [PS4] Okami HD # <ADV> (Capcom) {2017.12.21} (¥2.990) – 14.195 / NEW <60-80%>
20./21. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800) – 13.409 / 28.756 <60-80%> (+90%)
21./22. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 12.395 / 83.157 <60-80%> (+94%)
22./00. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} (¥5.800) – 11.735 / NEW <40-60%>
23./15. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # <RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980) – 11.707 / 139.559 <80-100%> (+12%)
24./26. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 11.557 / 2.783.789 <80-100%> (+124%)
25./30. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800) – 11.263 / 49.913 <80-100%> (+162%)
26./24. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers <RPG> (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800) – 10.570 / 228.312 <80-100%> (+83%)
27./00. [PS4] A-Train Exp. <SLG> (Artdink) {2017.12.21} (¥7.800) – 10.140 / NEW <40-60%>
28./29. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! <PZL> (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} (¥3.280) – 8.731 / 27.294 <40-60%> (+95%)
29./00. [PSV] La Corda d’Oro 2ff # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} (¥6.800) – 8.549 / NEW <60-80%>
30./00. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 8.392 / 1.043.277 <80-100%>

Top 30

NSW – 13
3DS – 9
PS4 – 6
PSV – 2

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Source: Media Create / Famitsu
Via: Chris1964 (ResetEra)


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